The Maruti Celerio has a lot of firsts to its credit. The most significant of these is that it kick-started the AMT game in the budget market. Another first is that it became the first car in its segment to get the crossover-inspired variant, which was dubbed as the Celerio X. However, it’s true that the Celerio could never achieve the success that the WagonR enjoys. Moreover, compared to the popular tallboy, it has got a bit long in the tooth now. Unsurprisingly, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd has been working on an all-new model that is poised to go on sale later this year. Well, it has been revealed that the new car will hit the showrooms as soon as in October this year, and what that means is that many new small car buyers should wait for the Diwali season to kick in to get their hands on the new vehicle.
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As is an easy guess, the next-generation Maruti Celerio will be based on the company’s lightweight HEARTECT platform. This is the same architecture that goes on the underpin a variety of models, including the Swift, WagonR, Dzire, Ertiga, and Baleno. What this clearly means is that compared to the current model, the new version will be a tad bigger in size, which is something that will surely help it easily take on the rivals. Already, the airy cabin of the current model has made quite a name for itself in the practicality game.
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Also, compared to the current Maruti Celerio, the new model is expected to look a lot different. It will have a rather futuristic design with enough muscle in its sheet metal. This will be done to attract a younger audience. Even on the inside, the car will have a more modern look that will while still retaining the high practicality of the current car.
Details of the engine options are scarce at the moment but we won’t be surprised to see the new model sharing its motors and transmissions with the current WagonR. Therefore, there are high chances of it getting the 1.0-litre as well as the 1.2-litre K-series motor along with 5-speed manual and 5-speed AMT as the transmission options. SHVS is unlikely to be offered in order to price the car competitively. Once launched, it will go on to rival everything from the Tata Tiago at one end to the last-gen Hyundai Grand i10 on the other.
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